Obama Thinks Lying To The American People Is The Best Strategy
Instead of honestly admitting that the bill working its way through Congress does not fully meet his campaign promises, Obama has decided the proper strategy is to just lie to the American people:
[Obama] said the Senate legislation accomplishes “95 percent” of what he called for during his 2008 presidential campaign and in his September speech to a joint session of Congress on the need for health-care reform.
Obama said the public option “has become a source of ideological contention between the left and right.” But, he added, “I didn’t campaign on the public option.”
This is just a set of bald-faced lies, as I demonstrated in detail earlier this week. The public option was clearly part of his campaign plan. His campaign plan also promised a national exchange, drug re-importation, an employer mandate, direct Medicare drug price negotiations, to let you keep your current plan if you like it, and to bring down health care costs by $2,500 per year for a family. The Senate bill will do none of these things.
Obama did promise to not do two very important things with health care reform. He promised to not include an individual mandate and not tax employer-provided health insurance benefits. This Senate bill breaks both of those promises.
This health care reform fight already made Obama look like a weak leader and a defender of the corporate lobbyists. Now, it has also made him a liar–one who is discrediting the widely acknowledge need for much greater reform. For all the people in the “we will fix it later” crowd, please notice Obama is not on your side. He thinks this reform bill is just fine as it is.